The Alabama Basketball team finally ended its three-game losing streak by beating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels 111-67. This game was finally the shooting performance the Alabama Basketball team needed shooting 58% from the field and 50% from three. The free throw shooting was underwhelming as the Tide went 12-20 from the free throw a number you'd hope improves in a game with higher stakes.
The Alabama Crimson Tide got solid contributions from the entire rotation on offense as 4/5 starters scored double-digits with Mohammed Wague scoring nine points. Off the bench, Davin Crosby Jr and Sam Walter scored 12 points and Latrell Wrightsell Jr added nine of his own.
Scoring-wise, Alabama was led by Rylen Griffin and Grant Nelson, who scored 19 points in Saturday's game. However, this was the Aaron Estrada game as he scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and recorded seven assists in his most well-rounded performance yet as he added three steals defensively. Estrada's performance impressed Nate Oats who said the following,
"I think that was Estrada's best game he's played here"- Nate Oats
Alabama Basketball: One more test before conference play
The Alabama Basketball team has one more game against the Liberty Flames before they open up conference play. The Flames aren't exactly a gimme game as they've started their season 10-3 tied for first in Conference USA. The Flames have played solid defensively allowing only 59.5 points per game compared to Alabama Basketball's 77.5 allowed per game. After Liberty, the team will embark on a loaded SEC schedule as the conference may end up being the toughest in the country. The conference has three top 25 teams and a fourth that should easily be there in Texas A&M. It will take much improved defense and a well-rounded attack like we saw against Eastern Kentucky but, Nate Oats should be able to get this group up to task.
Note: Stats Via ESPN